Theatre Without Walls – fully funded PhD opportunity

  • Professional Development
  • Glasgow
  • 26/05/2022
  • Professional Development
  • Glasgow
  • 26/05/2022

Website National Theatre of Scotland

Closing date: 
noon, Thursday 26 May 2022

National Theatre of Scotland is delighted to announce a fully funded, full-time PhD opportunity, which is a collaboration between National Theatre of Scotland Creative Engagement team and the University of Glasgow. The doctoral project, Theatre Without Walls: Rethinking Engagement, Participation and Social Impact in (Post)Pandemic Scottish Theatre, will explore how artist-led co-creation, participation and social impact can be theorised anew within the remit of a national organisation after the pandemic.

The research will be supervised by Paul Fitzpatrick, Director of Creative Engagement at National Theatre of Scotland, and Dr Cristina Delgado-Garcia, Dr Eirini Nedelkopoulou and Prof Dee Heddon from Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow.

The student will be expected to spend time at both the National Theatre of Scotland and the University of Glasgow, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of doctoral researchers in the University of Glasgow’s College of Arts and the Scottish Graduate Schools of Arts & Humanities.

Research Description

Hosted by the National Theatre of Scotland’s Creative Engagement department this doctoral project aims to assess the organisation’s commitment to dismantling barriers to creative participation, equity and justice – to being a ‘theatre without walls’ – during and for (post)pandemic times. Seeking to enhance the National Theatre of Scotland engagement processes and practices, the project examines the potential relationships between the hyper/local and national in the field of ethical and equitable community engaged practices. It asks: “How can artist-led co-creation, participation and social impact be theorised anew within the remit of a national organisation after the pandemic?”


The studentship will commence on 1 October 2022 for a duration of 3.5 years.

Full Details

For full information on this opportunity, fees, guidance and eligibility criteria, please download the information document below/here


Deadline for applications is 12 noon (BST), 26 May 2022

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on the morning of 10 June 2022

To apply

Interviews will be held at the National Theatre of Scotland in Glasgow or online according to candidate preference. We are not able to cover any travel costs.

Shortlisted candidates may be invited to submit an example of recent academic writing (e.g., Masters chapter or undergraduate dissertation where the applicant does not have a MA qualification) in advance of the interview.

The successful candidate will need to formally apply to the University of Glasgow’s PhD programme and this will require submission of qualification certificates and transcripts.

The partners particularly welcome applications from Disabled People, people of colour, and other under-represented groups in Arts Doctoral Research and the creative industries.

At the National Theatre of Scotland, we aim to provide an anti-oppressive environment for people from all backgrounds and do not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnic background, citizen status, hair texture, hairstyle, sex, sexual orientation, gender(s), gender expression, age, religion, language, deaf, disability, neurodiversity, chronic conditions, mental health, socio-economic status, skin tone, educational background, pregnancy or maternity/paternity, marriage or civil partnership, class, immigration status, nor cultural markings and/or tattoos due to religious rituals from pre-colonial cultural practices. As language, terms, and expressions inevitably evolve the National Theatre of Scotland is committed to reviewing this statement of language in collaboration with our respective communities.



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